Dec 26, 2014

ProtoCycler filament extruder that uses pellets and has integrated recycling grinder

ProtoCycler is new filament extruder with integrated recycling grinder that can also make filament from pellets. It should enable you to produce cheap filament from scrap objects for 0$ since it has integrated grinder or from pellets for some 5$ per one kilogram. On other important feature is integrated spooling winder mechanism. It is developed by ReDeTec from Canada.

ProtoCycler description from the IndieGogo page:
ProtoCycler is a new product that allows you to recycle waste plastic into valuable 3D printer filament - safely, quickly, and easily! It comes complete with a built in grinder, intelligent computer control, safety certification, and real time diameter feedback, so anyone can make their own filament hassle free. It also saves you a *TON* of money! Even the cheapest spools are around $30 to buy new, and they can certainly cost much more than that. ProtoCycler lets you make the same 1 kilogram spools for just $5...and if you recycle, your spools are FREE!
This means that ProtoCycler will pay for itself in just 10-20 spools - and as anyone who 3D prints knows, this doesn't take all that long. Never mind all the waste you'll divert from the trash bin. Simply put, if you 3D print, you need ProtoCycler!
ProtoCycler technical specifications:
  • Diameter tolerance: +/- 0.02mm
  • Extrusion speed: Up to 10 ft/minute
  • Electrical usage: 60 W Average
  • Dimensions: 14" x 12" x 10"
  • Grinder input: 5" x 5"
  • Hopper Capacity: Expandable
  • Max Temp: All metal hot end for 400+ C
  • Price: 799 USD range
ProtoCyler features:
  • First consumer extruder with UL certification
  • First extruder with grinder for built in recycling
  • First extruder with diameter feedback and computer control
  • Distributed Spooling
  • Automatic start up and shut down
  • Full Manual mode for hacking
  • Open source software and community
  • Beautiful brushed aluminium enclosure
  • Patent pending MixFlow extrusion technology

Comparison of ProtoCycler to other filament extruders, bot DIY and prosumer models  

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